Hydrolagus homonycteris Didier, 2008
Black ghostshark

Family:  Chimaeridae (Shortnose chimaeras or ratfishes)
Max. size:  108.5 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  bathydemersal; marine; depth range 866 - 1447 m
Distribution:  Southern Ocean: Australia and New Zealand.
Diagnosis:  This chimaeroid fish has a ventral caudal fin that that is not indented at its origin to form a separate anal fin, it is distinguished from its congeners by the following characters: color of the body an even dark black or blackish-brown; its dorsal fin spine is longer than height of first dorsal fin; pelvic fins is distinctly round in shape; males with pelvic claspers that are dark at the base with pale tips, divided for the distal 1/3 of their length (Ref. 76967).
Biology: 
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 19 February 2015 Ref. (126983)
Threat to humans:  harmless


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